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  •  Well then, I have excellent news for everyone (4+ / 0-)
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    Leftcandid, madgranny, thomask, True North

    MSDS sheets can be found ONLINE! That's right, so one can, look these chemicals up anonymously, and even print them up at home or in a library.

    All you need to do is memorize or write down any chemical name you see at work and then look it up online. You can even put the chemical, MSDS and see what pops up.

    You don't have to ask for this at work. You could even print extra copies and leave them anonymously in the bathroom for other human, guinea pigs to find.

    Hows that for subversion?

    •  In fact, here are a couple of links (4+ / 0-)
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      madgranny, thomask, mrkvica, True North

      Wikipedia has a page that shows you how to read them: https://en.wikipedia.org/...

      Then I would check it out on ToxNet which is an NIH site
      http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/

      Its not just for chemicals, it's for anything that might be toxic in any capacity, even meds.

      Another online database with glossary and instructions: http://www.ilpi.com/...

      The Cornell Lab site is for stuff used at Cornell but it can be used as a jumping off point:
      http://sp.ehs.cornell.edu/...

      The OHSA site looks lean, but worth a look:
      https://www.osha.gov/...

      Some of the same ingredients in these chemicals are also found in pesticides, so this site could be useful:
      http://www.beyondpesticides.org/

      FYI, Benzene is a common chemical found at drilling sites and is often a waste product--so when I saw Pancreatic Cancer--My thoughts went to Benzene:
      http://www.cancer.net/...

    •  If the other Jose Laras have Internet, that's OK, (1+ / 0-)
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      GreenMother

      but how many of them don't?

      Subversion is good, but demolishing the expendable-worker employment scenarios requires more than subversion.

      •  It is important to remind people that they can get (1+ / 0-)
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        Leftcandid

        an internet connection through their public library for free, and many public libraries also have Wifi.

        People ask me for bits of research on and off, and I do it for them, especially stuff like this. It's important to be that person, if you know people who need a bit of help getting onto the internet and using it as it was meant to be used--a massive information library so that citizens can remain informed without having to necessarily alert the powers that be, what they are looking for or why.

        This is an important lesson to pass on.

        It's also very, very important for people who work in dangerous jobs to keep a journal, privately at home. Hand written. Recording the stuff they work with and when. That makes it easier to research the material online AND [and I cannot stress this enough] they could build a viable timeline to give their doctor in the future, should they fall ill, and they have something to show to their lawyer.

        sometimes lowtech is best. It cannot be hacked.  

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